Arcata Community Forest, Arcata CA
This is the view as I leave the community forest, the trail back to my car always leads me here. There is a voice inside my head urging me to stay. I always hesitate, my gate slowing down when I come to this moment in my hike. It is an unreal view that is very hard to leave. Like the trees have band together making a wall, protecting me from the rest of the world.
Eventually, I do continue walking. My eyes squinting and burning as they catch the first full encounter with sunlight in an hour. My thoughts lighter, my legs heavy, my heart full of just what it needs.
I finally have the tools to process this image as I have wanted to. I find myself in a nostalgic mood these days, understandably so with all that is going on for us at that moment. The yesteryear preset in Lightroom 5 fit perfectly with the tone I wanted for this photograph. I did lower the vibrancy a bit and played with other details as well. There is an old fashion, found this image in my attic, feel to this image that I really appreciate. I hope my boys find this image later in life and remember how much I loved this view.